Studying History at Hartwick...and Out in the World
Hartwick is ranked among the top colleges in the United States for the percentage of students who study abroad. History students who are interested in enriching their academic programs beyond the classroom have a wide variety of opportunities.
Hartwick's Distinctive January Term Off-Campus Programs
The department has offered off-campus programs in France, England, and the Czech Republic. Imagined Communities in France is a regularly offered off-campus program that explores the historical construction of the French sense of identity. The program's director, Prof. Cherilyn Lacy, guides students on an exploration of the royal castles of the Loire River valley, the many museums and monuments of Paris, and the D-Day Beaches in Normandy. As the group visits historic sites that have been incorporated into the official, historical narrative of France, participants consider how the creation of a national history involves including some past events and excluding others.
History students have also pursued individual off-campus study in January or during the summer with a faculty member's guidance.
A great benefit of studying history at Hartwick is the wealth of January Term Off-Campus programs offered by other departments that complement and enhance the mission of the history program. History students can gain an appreciation of the world's societies and their cultural, political, and economic heritage through excellent Off-Campus programs offered by our colleagues, including:
Art and Architecture of Rome, Florence, and Venice (January 2016)
Doing Business in Asia: Culture and Politics in India (January 2014)
South Africa: Changes and Challenges (January 2014 and 2016)
Comparative Criminal Justice in the Netherlands (January 2015)
Cuba in Flux (January 2015)
Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova (January 2016)
Irish Culture and Society (January 2014 and 2016)
Theatre in London (January 2014 and 2016)
Semester-Long Study Abroad
History majors interested in a more in-depth study abroad experience have pursued semester-long programs at universities in Austria, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Wales . One student was so inspired by her study abroad experience that she added French to her history major, which landed her a one-year position teaching English at the University of Nice on France's Mediterranean coast. History majors have also used their semester abroad experiences to refine their interests for graduate study in history after Hartwick.
Emerson and Duffy Scholarships for Off-Campus Internships and Independent Study
Studying off campus can be a rewarding experience, but the question often arises: how do I afford it? For history majors at Hartwick, one solution is the Emerson and Duffy International Scholarships. The Emerson Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support an internship outside the U.S. The Duffy Scholarship also provides up to $5,000, but the independent studies it supports can be in regions of the United States unfamiliar to the student, as well as in other countries. History majors have been given generous awards through the Duffy Scholarship to support a range of international independent studies, from studying Italian in Rome to doing photography in New Zealand and even delving into the history of the British Expeditionary Force in World War Two in the Imperial War Museum in London.
History majors also undertake internships in areas that relate to their academic field and future career goals. During the January Term, history majors have served as teaching aides, clerks at law firms, or as members of museum staffs. Semester long programs in Washington, D. C., Boston, Philadelphia, or New York also mix classroom experience in urban universities with internships in congress or other institutions in the public and private spheres. One recent graduate pursued her internship as a Foreign Service officer in El Salvador.